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Shifting by Bethany Wiggins

Friday, October 28, 2011
After bouncing from foster home to foster home, Magdalene Mae is transferred to what should be her last foster home in the tiny town of Silver City, New Mexico. Now that she's eighteen and has only a year left in high school, she's determined to stay out of trouble and just be normal. Agreeing to go to the prom with Bridger O'Connell is a good first step. Fitting in has never been her strong suit, but it's not for the reasons most people would expect-it all has to do with the deep secret that she is a shape shifter. But even in her new home danger lurks, waiting in the shadows to pounce. They are the Skinwalkers of Navajo legend, who have traded their souls to become the animal whose skin they wear-and Maggie is their next target.

Full of romance, mysticism, and intrigue, this dark take on Navajo legend will haunt readers to the final page.

Goodreads Summary

Looking for a perfect Halloween book?  Pick Shifting up.  Maggie has been shifted from one foster family to another.  She has no stability in her life and no guidance.  When she comes to Silver City, she figures her stay will not be for long.  However, her new foster "parent" is much more forceful and willing to let the arrangement work.  As she slowly adjusts to the town, she experiences quite a few disturbing, somewhat alarming events.  Will Maggie be able to stay in Silver City?

Maggie is a very likable character.  She is slightly mysterious to the reader, prompting a further look into her character.  She can be cautious, intelligent, and very self-protective.  Bridger, the love interest, is charismatic, handsome, and contains more than a few skeletons in his closet.  The secondary characters are interesting, each has a unique quirk that will make him/her memorable to the reader.

The events of this novel were fast-paced, there were a fair number of action scenes.  The reader will not be able to anticipate the future events, there tends to be a surprise in every chapter.  The fight scenes were very realistic, the author does a great job of detailing every sense the reader can experience through the characters.  They are high-intensity scenes that a reader can appreciate.  This book is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.

5 Stars

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  1. This looks like a really good book! I HAVE to get my hands on it

  1. You definitely should! I loved this book and, like I said, it was perfect for Halloween.

  1. Thank you for a wonderful review!

  1. It was so easy to write! I loved the book!

  1. So glad you gave this a good review. The cover is gorgeous and now I want to read it too:) I love books with strong secondary characters. They can really make the story!

  1. Giselle said...:

    Nice review! This does sounds great for Halloween. The cover kind of made me wary of this one - I'm not fond of it - but the premise sounds so neat!

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  1. What an interesting cover!!!!!! wowsers.

    I hadn't seen this book, yet. Thx for sharing! I'm a New GFC. thx for entering my Giveaway!

  1. Susan T. said...:

    The cover is pretty awesome and I love skin walker stories!